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Prince Harry visiting Botswana in support of Rhino Conservation

GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) -- Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex visited privately Botswana early last week to catch up on the work of a rhino charity he supports, a senior member of the Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) said on Sunday.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: "The Duke of Sussex is on a private working trip to Botswana, to join the Annual General Meeting for Rhino Conservation Botswana in his capacity as Patron.

"He attended the Board meeting in Maun and an RCB community project in Xarakao village."

Prince Harry has taken a keen interest in Botswana’s efforts to help safeguard the region’s population of black and white rhino through the work of RCB.

In January this year, Prince Harry also privately visited Botswana when he carried out a fact-finding mission to learn about the charity’s latest developments.

Rhino Conservation Botswana is already working with its partners, including the governments of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe and tourism operators, to help reintroduce black and white rhinos to Botswana.

"But, over the next few years, we want to build the populations of rhinos living wild and free in the Okavango Delta until they are of international importance.

"We believe that rhinos must be preserved for future generations.


Prince Harry visiting Botswana in support of Rhino Conservation  PHOTO - COURTESY: RHINO CONSERVATION BOTSWANA | Coastweek

GABORONE Botswana -- A black rhino wedges herself into a sickle bush during a routine operation to fit a tracking device. It’s important to protect the rhino’s eyes during this procedure, so applying a soft blindfold is the first priority. During his visit in 2016, Prince Harry was in charge of this delicate procedure. PHOTO - COURTESY: RHINO CONSERVATION BOTSWANA
"They are a crucial part of the ecosystems that sustain our planet – and the human race. Their survival is inextricably linked to our own.

"That’s why we’re working hard to give them a future.

"We hope this population will increase swiftly and, in time, the rhinos will populate new areas of northern Botswana.

"Long-term, we’d like to see our proud country supporting between 5,000 and 10,000 wild rhinos.

"RCB has been entrusted by the Botswana government to monitor Botswana’s rhinos and ensure that they remain healthy and strong.

"Ultimately, we hope that this population of rhinos will become one of the great hopes for the survival of the species."


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